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I just noticed that there's a reporter named Theoden Janes at the Charlotte Observer. That first name can't have come from anywhere other than Tolkien, can it? I've never seen it anywhere else before.

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kalimac
Sep. 22nd, 2016 04:07 pm (UTC)
It's an Old English word meaning "king," so it could come from elsewhere. It occurs in Beowulf, iirc. But I agree that Tolkien is the likeliest source.

What'd be really great would be if his name were Theoden King, since that's how the Rohirrim actually address their leader.
k6rfm
Sep. 23rd, 2016 03:24 am (UTC)
I am pleased by my google fu finding "þéoden" in Beowulf, though given it appears on line 34 maybe more manual searching would have worked too. Haney (the translation I have) makes it "prince" not "king" but that's not a meaningful distinction I think.
kalimac
Sep. 23rd, 2016 06:50 am (UTC)
I would have consulted my print copy of the Anglo-Saxon, and my several different translations, were they not several hundred miles away right now. And Google might be easier if I were not writing this on an ancient steam-powered tablet.
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